Geelong's experts in talent recruitment and human resources

Harvest is a boutique talent recruitment and HR consultancy firm based in Geelong.

We are regional experts in providing bespoke talent solutions.

Some of our solutions include:

  • Leading the end-to-end recruitment across a broad range of specialist, technical and hard-to-fill roles;
  • Managing Executive search assignments;
  • Co-creating, designing and delivering fit-for-purpose solutions across the employee lifecycle; and
  • Delivering outplacement, career counselling, EAP and coaching programs.

We do what we do best so that you have more time to do what you do best.

What’s not to like about that?

Psst – click here to find out why our Trustpilot TrustScore is the highest for any recruitment agency in the Geelong, Ballarat and Warrnambool regions!


The Harvest Team

Maree Herath Director

With over twenty five years working in recruitment, Maree has significant global experience recruiting for some of APACs leading brands across Melbourne, Perth and Hong Kong.

Returning to her hometown of Geelong in 2009, Maree established Harvest to bring best-practice talent acquisition and Executive search to the Geelong and South West Victoria regions. Today, Harvest is a well-known player in the Geelong talent recruitment, Executive search and human resources field with strong experience in placing some of the region’s most difficult to fill roles.

Maree’s focus is on strategic account management and business development, but has a particular soft spot for recruiting across:

  • Executive search;
  • Oil & gas and petrochemicals;
  • Manufacturing and logistics;
  • Transport;
  • Engineering;
  • Construction;
  • Resources and energy; and
  • Life sciences.

Simone Jones Principal Consultant and HR Lead

Simone is an experienced Recruiter and qualified HR professional.

Predominantly working within Melbourne and the UK, her career has progressed into HR leadership enabling her to understand the full employee life cycle and the importance of the HR role and service offering.

Simone recently moved to Geelong due to the lifestyle, community/family feel, and the exciting growth set for Geelong’s future.

She is passionate about partnering with her clients to achieve desired outcomes, provide professional support and advice to meet all their HR needs. Also, ensuring organisations have top talent on board to support their overall growth and objectives.

Simone specialises in:

  • Government (Local, State & Federal) and public sector
  • Executive and Senior Leadership
  • Human Resources Toolkit and Talent Acquisition
  • Legal Services

Sarah Lowes Fernando Temporary Recruitment Lead

Sarah is a skilled Sales and Business Development Manager. Her most recent experience saw her work across Hospitality Recruitment as Business Manager of a social media driven hospitality JobSite in London.

Sarah has extensive recruitment management experience and is skilled in managing large and SME business contracts, filling high volume general labour needs and low volume specialised roles in addition to putting teams in place, on and off site to fulfill client recruitment contracts.

Sarah joins the team as Harvest Recruitment’s Temporary Recruitment Lead and is here to solve all of your Industrial Recruitment questions.

Lyn Mellsop HR Consultant

With over 20 years’ experience in HR, Lyn is a highly accomplished HR Professional with global experience across some immensely challenging corporate environments in both Australia & Asia Pacific.

Her background showcases that she is a trusted generalist, business partner and leader with a strength and passion in talent management, cultural change, people leadership, coaching and performance management.

Lyn has extensive Talent Management experience including building processes around talent identification, observing and assessing talent, succession planning, career planning and leadership development. She is very passionate about seeing people grow and develop and go on to have meaningful careers.

She has a reputation for building strong relationships across all levels of business, a consultative style and a commercial pragmatism to deliver successful business goals and outcomes.

With a lifestyle change to the Surf Coast, Lyn has been consulting to small and medium size businesses to provide HR expertise across a broad spectrum of HR disciplines designed to accelerate their people agenda and develop a talent management approach that supports their business future direction.

Tanya Derrett-Houghton Careers Specialist

Tanya has over 13 years’ experience in helping people understand and define their next steps.

Tanya has worked with people across the employment life cycle at organisations including Deakin University, the Gordon and through Harvest, delivering a range of careers and transition solutions aimed at helping people plan for the future or transition through significant professional change.

Tanya holds Graduate Diplomas in both Management Communication and Career Development and a Diploma in Project Management.


Danni Trofin Industrial Candidate Manager

Danni is an experienced Recruitment Consultant with over 8 years of experience in end-to-end permanent and labour hire recruitment, as well as HR Administration experience and most recently completing qualifications in Human Resources. She also has over 20 years of experience in administration and customer service covering the travel and hospitality industries. Danni’s passion is finding the right person for the job everytime and building rapport with both her candidates and clients.

Ashleigh Durham HR & Recruitment Administrator

With a Diploma in Human Resource Management, Ashleigh brings 8 years in HR administrative support in the recruitment industry. She has seven years in the sector and has been accustomed to being the sole administrator responsible for providing coordination, administration and office management support for a team of 11 executive recruitment consultants. Ashleigh plays a key support role, assisting with responding to candidate queries, CV formatting, arranging interviews, preparing employment contracts for temp employees as well as various administrative duties.

Amy Cotton Recruitment Coordinator

Amy Cotton is an experienced recruiter, who’s worked in various sectors including administration , customer services and reception.

This experience was gained in regional Victoria and Perth, giving Amy a great insight into regional recruitment.

Amy is excited to be working with Geelong Business and Geelong Job seekers.

The Harvest Values


People First

We are people helping other people. This is at the centre of everything we do

Relentless Pursuit

We will never give up. We will push for results & strive for perfection. We won’t stop until it’s done.

One Team

We are united by a common purpose. We support each other to succeed & seek to leverage our collective strengths

Life Exists

We value the life we choose to live. We believe in equity & a fair chance for all.



We deliver winning outcomes every time by understanding our clients and providing a level of service and communication that inspires clients to use us again and again. But don’t just take our word for it. As an employer of over 60 personnel it is hard to maintain let alone recruit staff in the current times....
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Author: Maree Herath, February 2014 “We seem to struggle to get the right people for our business.” “Where can I find the right candidates?” “I don’t have time to commit to the recruitment process . I can’t even judge if I have the right fit when they are standing there in front of me.” Over my 20 years’...
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